DEMOCRACY QUESTIONED

by mgopin on May 6, 2015 · 0 comments

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Democracy is short-lived without an enlightened electorate, an enlightened electorate cannot be achieved without an effective education for enlightenment, and an effective education for enlightenment has yet to be developed.

The most dangerous thing to the history of democracies is not taking fools seriously. This is the fruit of their labor and one day it may deprive us of a home.

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The couple from Chapel Hill never saw a photo,
From their wedding,
Because it just arrived,
Upon their murder.
So if you want young people to die,
shot in the head, in a grave,
keep yourselves polarized,
keep fighting for your side.
Keep up with proxy wars,
And real wars.
But if you have a tendency,
Upon the death of the young,
To feel a little sick,
To see through sleepless eyes,
Their love,
As they gaze into each others’ eyes,
For the last time,
If their religion, if their skin tone,
Matters not to you,
Then show it,
Every day, in every way,
In your empathy and solidarity,
With those who are different in your midst.
There is no other way to build the world,
And there never has been.

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THE ONE STATE

by mgopin on April 26, 2015 · 0 comments

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Perhaps the one state of Israel and Palestine already exists,
Perhaps already for half a century.
It is there perhaps,
Without justice without peace,
As blind as a bat,
As we all are.
The delusional declaration of an American democracy,
Preceded the reality of citizens of color,
By two centuries.
The ideal precedes the real,
Kills those who dare to see,
Until one day it appears,
Like a Monet,
As the shadows of darkness,
Are driven away,
By the Light.

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Depression is the call of the dead,
It is the enchanted entrance to the grave.
The dead have just as much claim on us as the living.
Why do the living have a greater claim?
Why is there a greater purpose here than with them?
Conquer death,
By joining those you failed to save.
Crawl out! Crawl out,
From this graveyard of consciousness.
There is no comfort here,
There is no eternal rest,
There is nothing.
The most meaningless and transient embrace,
Surpasses the illusion of reunion,
Through making beautiful skin go cold.
The dead live in the heart,
But only when it is beating.
Rescue the dead together with the living,
Breathe again,
Breathe deep through tears,
So that the dead and the living,
Together find a home,
In your fragile,
Sacred,
Soul.

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Fringes

by mgopin on February 17, 2015 · 0 comments

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The political fringe loves the “other” political fringe,
The one they are fighting,
Because the more “fringy” the other becomes,
The stronger it makes each fringe,
The more each fringe becomes the center,
And from there to complete war,
Which is the only space they feel safe,
A world clearly divided into us and them,
with a clear purpose,
To fight.
Only solidarity defeats this.
The more solidarity the more the fringes are defeated,
The less solidarity the more they win the mainstream.
But solidarity requires real values clarification,
Real compromises in the search of common values,
Which takes leadership and courage from the few
Who can lead the frightened and confused many.

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One of the greatest strategic thinkers from the right in Israel speaks his mind. He reflects the majority of the thinking of the military and intelligence upper echelons. But our biggest problem today is democratic lemmings…those who march obediently over cliffs of self-destruction created by demagogues.

See full article here.

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Short Film with a Long History

by mgopin on February 5, 2015 · 1 comment

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I have been haunted by this short film for days. For those who do not know it is about Rainer Rainer Höß, grandson of the commandant of Auschwitz who murdered over 15 thousand human beings a day, at least one million, while raising his children in the camp. Anyone who wants to understand conflict analysis, reconciliation, and who lives with the shadows of Jewish life, should see this. I cannot stop thinking about this. I lost it 2/3 of way in. See it to the end.

Watch video here.

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Time for Nonviolent Reformation

by mgopin on February 5, 2015 · 0 comments

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Oh, yes, the answer to ISIS barbarity of burning someone to death, is definitely crucifixion. Al Azhar University, under Sisi is making great strides toward restoring decency to Middle Eastern civilization, don’t you think? The decent people of the Middle East have been completely silenced by certain tyrannical regimes on all sides. It is really time for a nonviolent reformation. The Arab Spring was too dramatic and too sudden. This is going to require a secular/religious coalition to restore the best values of a civilization that is being strangled.

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Get Off Oil…Fast.

by mgopin on February 5, 2015 · 0 comments

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By the way this group, whose financial and professional origins came from both secular and religious dictatorships of the middle east and Gulf, is simply taking one step further the complete dehumanization and sale of girls that was going on with others , the Baathists in Syria had already done in this with Iraqi refugee girls and Gulf clients and Gulf complicity, now Syrian girls with Gulf clients and now Isis just increases the horror. The horror looks religious on the surface but this is just mass criminality that will reign until there is a middle eastern reformation that will require secular and Religous people to join hands , and the major non middle eastern powers to stop supporting disgusting leaders and start supporting the better ones, and there are better ones. And for that to occur the world needs to get the hell off of oil fast. Oil is killing the planet on so many levels that I am real interested in next generation nuclear.

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Buried in History…?

by mgopin on February 5, 2015 · 0 comments

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“Onlookers sometimes fired rifles and handguns hundreds of times into the corpse while people cheered and children played during the festivities. Pieces of the corpse were taken by onlookers as souvenirs of the event [5]. Such was the case when James Irwin was lynched on January 31, 1930. Irwin was accused of the murder of a white girl in the town of Ocilla, Georgia. Taken into custody by a rampaging mob, his fingers and toes were cut off, his teeth pulled out by pliers and finally he was castrated. It still wasn’t enough. Irwin was then burned alive in front of hundreds of onlookers (Brundage, p. 42). No one was ever punished for this barbaric killing. Black victims were hacked to death, dragged behind cars [6], burned, beaten, whipped, sometimes shot thousands of times, mutilated; the savagery was astonishing. How could ordinary people participate in such brutality?”

So these are scenes from a democracy, crica 1930. Does anyone think that a bombing and elimination campaign by Britain, of Klan members and other Southerners would have been effective to get rid of this American ISIS? How well do you think that would have gone? What happened instead? How is this now so buried in history that no one even believes Americans capable of such behavior, only those Muslims over there….What eliminated this white, American Christian Isis?

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